Loran villages crave for mobile connectivity

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Oct 19: The residents of Bella Bala and Batalkote Panchayats of block Loran of Poonch district expressed resentment against the authorities for failing to provide mobile connectivity to them despite approaching the district administration numerous times.
At a distance of about 40 km from Poonch district and nearly 15 km from Tehsil Mandi headquarters, it consists of two Panchayats including Bella Bala and Batalkote with around 3500 households which continuously remain digitally cut off from the latest development on various fronts.
The residents said that Bella Bala craves for mobile connectivity since its launch in 2004 across Pir Panjal.
The residents said that the area receives heavy snow during the winters and the residents face severe hardships as their area remains cutoff from the district headquarters for days together.
They said that the lack of mobile connectivity add to their woes.
The residents said that at a time when people are awaiting 5G services, they had been deprived of the basic right of mobile connectivity.
“With the lack of mobile connectivity and internet facility, the studies of the students have been badly hit,” said a local student.
The residents have sought immediate intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha so that their demand is redressed at the earliest.